Hardcover. New York, Rizzoli, 1st, 2010, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 304 pages. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. The most lavishly produced and profusely illustrated volume on Akira Kurosawa ever published, timed for the centennial of his birth. Akira Kurosawa is arguably the greatest of all Japanese film directors and is respected around the world as one of the masters of the art form. This is the first illustrated book to pay tribute to his unmistakable style--with more than two hundred images, many never before published. The filmmaker is also famous for his attention to detail, and fans will delight in seeing annotated script pages, sketches, and storyboards that reveal the meticulous craft behind Kurosawa's genius. Peter Cowie examines how Kurosawa took the samurai genre to its apogee in such films as Yojimbo and Seven Samurai; his literary influences in such films as Throne of Blood [Macbeth] and Ran [King Lear]; and in his take on our relationship to the modern world in such films as High and Low and Dreams.
Hardcover. Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, 1st, 1973, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover, 542 pages, tan cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Dust jacket has edgewear, chipping to corners. There is some light pencil marking to about 12 pages in the front of the book. Previous owner's signature on front fly leaf.
Hardcover. NY, W. W. Norton , 2nd pr., 1970, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a lightly worn, price-clipped dust jacket, 209 pages. Many b&w photos, some color. The author and S. Oughterson and Shields Warren, as part of the United States Atomic Bomb Causality Commission, were sent immediately (September 1945) to survey Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan after the bombing and surrender of Japan to study the devastation and the subsequent irradiation sickness.
Hardcover. London, Merrell Publishers, 1st, 2010, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 256 pages. Hardcover with no dust jacket. Very clean, unmarked copy still in publishers shrink-wrap. Illustrated with over 250 photographs and sketches. Future Beauty is the first comprehensive survey of Japanese avant-garde fashion of the last 30 years. Such designers as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo made an enormous impact on the world fashion scene in the late twentieth century, challenging established notions of beauty and turning fashion into art.
Hardcover. Tokyo, Japan Council Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, 1st, 1961, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 138 pages, illustrated with b&w photographs by Shomei Tomatsu and Ken Domon. Introduction by Hideki Yukawa. Square format,white cloth covers with gray concentric circle design by Kohei Sugiura, gray lettering on spine. This copy is without a slipcase and the accompanying scientific booklet. There are 2 tannish stains to rear cover near spine, light soil to white covers and some bumps to top edge at corner and spine. Internally clean except for short owner's signature at top of title page. Photographs available.
Hardcover. London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, reprint, 1949/1926, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Three hardcover volumes, bound in publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering. 667, 743 and 823 pages, index, folding color maps. The most comprehensive and reliable history in English. The major single resource which covers it all from the beginning down to the Meiji Restoration. A classic, based on Japanese historical works. Volumes 1 and 2 dated 1949, Volume 3 is dated 1926 and is a little darker green. All clean, tight copies.
Softcover. New York, W.W. Norton & Company, 1st paperback, 2008, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 205 pages, paperback. Unflinching illustration of the reality of life for Japanese Americans in internment camps during WWII. Mild rubbing to wraps. Unmarked. Bright and clean. A tight copy.
Hardcover. Princeton NJ, Princeton University Press , 1st, 1975, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 430 pages, blue-gray cloth in a lightly worn dust jacket with several small chips. slight fade to spine, unclipped. Very scarce. "This study examines the career and tought of one of the most brilliant strategists of the Imperial Japanese Army. The author describes Ishiwara's central role in the three major crises of the 1930's - the conquest of Manchuria, the Young Officer's Rebellion and the China War."
Hardcover. Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press, 1st, 1985, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 407 pages. Red cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Lovely copy with only minor wear to upper edge of dust jacket, previous owner's signature on front fly leaf, else in like new condition.
Hardcover. Paris, Flammarion, 1st, 2004, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 216 pages. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. The 150 photographs in this collection represent a unique vision of a nation struggling to define itself. These images are accompanied by essays from renowned Japanese experts, who provide social and historical insight into this period and its photographic output. The first comprehensive review of this period in Japanese photography,.
Hardcover. NY, Harry N. Abrams, 1st, 1994, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 416 pages, illustrated throughout with 445 illustrations including 200 plates in full color. Previous owner's initials on half title page. Light shelf-wear and rubbing to dust jacket. Clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. US, Taschen, 1st, 1999-10-01, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 200 pages, illustrated throughout in color and b&w. Light edgewear and rubbing to dust jacket, else a clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1st, 1891, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, 128 pages. Hardcover with decorated front cover. Covers have heavy wear on edges. Light soil and darkening to pages. Gutter lightly cracked.
Hardcover. Tokyo, Japan, Kodansha International Ltd. , 1st Edition, 1977, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 182 pages. Hardcover. Color and b/w illustrations throughout. Dust jacket unclipped, has a few lamination issues, otherwise very good--no rips or tears. Textured gray cloth cover boards, gilt title on spine, blind-stamped design on front cover board. A touch of tanning to edges, pages clean and unmarked. Binding tight. Spine straight. In excellent condition. Naito traces the historical story of Katsura, while photographer, Nishikawa worked for five years to put together this visual portrait.
Hardcover. Yokyo Japan, Tokyo Lawn Tennis Club, 1st, 2001, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 168 pages. Hardcover. Color and b/w illustrations throughout. Signed letter by Chairman of the Board presenting book to previous owner inserted. Very clean inside and out. Covered by plastic bookcover/sleeve.
Hardcover. Tokyo, Hokuseido Press, Reprint, 1968, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 382 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket & slipcase. Mustard cloth boards with black printed titles to spine. Full page, full color illustrations protected with tissue guards throughout. Frontis illustration, Man Playing the Samisen, in full color & protected with a tissue guard. Chronological chart of Japanese Humor tipped-in. Dust jacket with light wear to edges, lightly price-clipped to corners. Plain slipcase with creases, light wear to edges. Clean, unmarked copy.
Hardcover. Princeton NJ, Princeton University Press, 2nd pr., 1969, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 637 pages, black cloth covers with red and gilt design on spine. Previous owner's signature on front fly leaf. Bright, price-clipped dust jacket.
Hardcover. Tokyo, Sophia University, 1st, 1970, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 210 pages, b&w illustrations. Beige cloth spine with patterned boards and a bright dust jacket with a glassine wrapper.
Hardcover. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Co, 1st, 1921, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 334 pages, 4 fold-out maps and chart of naval ships, gilt lettered spine. Previous owners' signatures on front endpage, embossed stamp on title page. A very good copy of an amazing book that foretold Japan's involvement in WWII.
Hardcover. NY, Orion/Crown, 1st, 1989, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 272 pages. Recaptures the World War II bombing raid over Tokyo under the command of Lt. Col. "Jimmy" Doolittle and the incredible seek-and-destroy mission that he and other American pilots endured after the bombing.
Hardcover. Pinceton NJ, Princeton University Press, 1st, 1979, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 315 pages. The Western ideal of individualism had a pervasive influence on the culture of the Meiji period in Japan (1868-1912). Janet Walker argues that this ideal also had an important influence on the development of the modern Japanese novel. Focusing on the work of four late Meiji writers, she analyzes their contribution to the development of a type of novel whose aim was the depiction of the modern Japanese individual. Professor Walker suggests that Meiji novels of the individual provided their readers with mirrors in which to confront their new-found sense of individuality. Her treatment of these novels as confessions allows her to discuss the development of modern Japanese literature and "the modern literary self" both in themselves and as they compare their prototypes and analogues in European literature. The author begins by examining the evolution of a literary concept of the inner self in Futabatei Shimei's novel Ukigumo (The Floating Clouds), Kitamura Tokoku's essays on the inner life, and Tayama Katai's I-novel Futon (The Quilt). She devotes the second half of her book to Shimazaki Toson, the Meiji novelist who was most influenced by the ideal of individualism. Here she traces Toson's development of a personal ideal of selfhood and analyzes in detail two examples of the lengthy confessional novel form that he created as a vehicle for its expression.
Hardcover. Hoboken NJ, Wiley Publishing, 1st, 2003, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. The Last Samurai traces Saigo's life from his early days as a tax clerk in far southwestern Japan, through his rise to national prominence as a fierce imperial loyalist. Saigo was twice exiled for his political activities - sent to Japan's remote southwestern islands where he fully expected to die. But exile only increased his reputation for loyalty, and in 1864 he was brought back to the capital to help his lord fight for the restoration of the emperor.
Hardcover. Westport CT, Greenwood Press, 1st, 2003, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, maroon cloth covers stamped in silver, 242 pages. Previous owner's inscription on front fly leaf, otherwise clean. Over the course of the American Occupation of Japan, the U.S. attitude toward the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) gradually shifted from one of friendly cooperation to one of mutual opposition. This new study examines the initial approach toward communism in Japan; internal and external factors that affected American attitudes; the various phases of the relationship; and how Japan ultimately became a democratic nation. Oinas-Kukkonen investigates American information gathering techniques used at the time to determine possible links with the Soviet Union. He also discusses the possibility that Nosaka Sanzo, one of the main leaders of the JCP, was an American spy. Using previously secret records of General MacArthur's intelligence staff and plentiful archival materials on the Occupation, this study explores how the United States originally sought to utilize the JCP to assist in the democratization process. It identifies the perceived threat of a revolution in March 1947 as a key turning point in U.S. attitudes. Involved in a delicate balancing act with multiple Japanese interests, some American officials feared that elements of the extreme left might even evolve into extreme right-wing terrorists. In this comprehensive account, Oinas-Kukkonen includes information on the indirect role of the Europeans in this affair, as well as the roles of outsider groups such as the outcaste burakumin and the Koreans residing in Japan.
Hardcover. New York, Gallery Books, 1st US, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 390 pages, illustrated throughout in color. INSCRIBED BY YOSHIDA on half title page. Large, very heavy book. Light shelf-wear to dust jacket. Clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. Lewiston NY, Edwin Mellen Press, 1st, 1998, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, red cloth with b&w decoration to front cover, 295 pages. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR on front fly leaf, possibly to the publisher Edwin Mellen. (the name has been corrected and is difficult to read.)